Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Animal Hoarding

I watched a show last night on Animal Hoarding.
I feel bad for people who feel the need to collect. I am pretty sure everything that is truly important to me could be moved in one suitcase, you know?

The animals and the owners both looked really sad.

None of the owners seem to be mentally stable or happy and I am surprised that no family member has called in help before. It isn't healthy to have that much dander and hair everywhere and it is impossible to keep your place clean.

I can get downright grubby when I am out in the woods but at home I have to have things clean or I lose em.

I was thinking if there was no legal penalty maybe more people would report that their friends and families were living in these conditions and everyone would be better off and healthy.

On that note though reality shows are really crazy.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Michael Asimos Want: Hang Drum

I hadn't heard a hang drum before I saw a video online about it: http://www.hanginbalance.com/videos/street/daniel-waples-hang-in-balance-part-ii-edinburgh-2012/

Michael Asimos Want: Hang Drum Please
They sound really intense, man - apparently were just around since twelve years ago. I know they took sounds from ancient instruments but I'm always excited when I hear and see new instruments at festivals or at campgrounds.

They aren't cheap, and they aren't light either. I saw one with the following dimensions:

Diameter = 20.86 inches

Height = 9.44 inches

Weight = 8.15lbs

Thickness of metal = 1mm

That is a lot of extra weight for a backpacking trip, and I am unsure what the smallest one in diameter is that would still produce a good sound.

More research is ahead for these beauties but I wanted to share them with you guys.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Animal Abandonment

I will never understand how someone can just abandon their animal. I have to admit that I sometimes get a chuckle when I see an article or hear a reporter discussing some strange incident where an exotic fish or reptile is found in an environment that it was impossible for said creature to be native to.

I just don't understand how you can abandon your faithful and loyal companion, like a dog.
When I see videos where rescue operators are called in to help dogs in various stages of homelessness and helplessness I just find myself getting so angry that anyone could do that to an animal.

Some people cry when they see the videos, I know the honorable Mrs. Michael Asimos does (I love you, mama!). I just get angry.

We are on this earth to spread love and kindness to all living things. Who failed to teach people that?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Rush's YYZ on an Electric Keyboard

While this is by no means my favorite Rush song, this girl displays fantastic mastery of her instrument and the tune itself (Rush's YYZ)

It's inspirational to see someone so young taking on such an intense song - and playing it almost flawlessly.

For the record, Tom Sawyer is my favorite song by Rush. The drum solo haunts me.

What The Heck is This

I have been focused on travel and camping and food - all of these things I enjoy but I haven't felt like all of my comments and thoughts could fit well with my other property, Michael Asimos' Adventures Blog. I am interested in a few political issues and also fancy myself a humorous guy. That's what this is for!

I'll start this off with a tale (tail?) of baby bunny, trauma, engineering, and triumph.

I have found the wimp.com site and enjoy it even though I don't have as much time as I wish I did for exploring the internet. I'm busy with school and a few social obligations here and there and of course, there's the music callin me. Anyway, this video I saw today is called Joe the Bunny.

Their video explains that a pair of rabbits was orphaned and one of them was lame. They fashioned him a cart for his hind legs similar to those you see for older dogs and it does seem to work!

It bothers me that so many comments on the youtube channel seem focused on bashing the guy's engineering skills instead of the real story which is that someone cared enough to try to improve this rabbit's quality of life and let their child witness a gentle kindness to animals.

When I'm camping I meet people who have no comprehension of how to live among animals and nature and I think it's because they had poor role models or lack experience with animals like this. I remember being small and the venerable Mrs. Asimos taking in all kinds of strays. It is probably my first exposure to treating animals with kindness and respect and I appreciate her a lot for it.